Married Women and the Law in Premodern Northwest Europe

  title={Married Women and the Law in Premodern Northwest Europe},
  author={Cordelia Beattie and Matthew F. Stevens},
There has been a tendency in scholarship on premodern women and the law to see married women as hidden from view, obscured by their husbands in legal records. This volume provides a corrective view, arguing that the extent to which the legal principle of coverture applied has been over-emphasized. In particular, it points up differences between the English common law position, which gave husbands guardianship over their wives and their wives' property, and the position elsewhere in northwest… 
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